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January 6th, 2010
Three countywide officials draw their favorite opponent: No one

by BRAD ROLLINS

Even County Surveyor Kelly Kilber, who holds an antiquated position with no duties and no salary, drew an opponent this year in Democrat Shawn Ash. But three countywide incumbents, two Democrats and a Republican, did not.

Sherri Tibbe

District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, who won in 2006 by 24 votes, said she was surprised herself that she will run unopposed.

“To be honest with you, I am surprised. It was a close election last time and I had always planned to have an opponent,” Tibbe said. “I’m so grateful for the last three years and I’m looking forward to a second term in office.”

Likewise, Treasurer Michelle Tuttle and County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Linda Rodriguez will also be on the ballot by themselves. Tuttle, who is finishing her fourth term, hasn’t had an opponent since her first election in 1994; Rodriguez has run unopposed for four terms as well.

“I’m just very, very thankful,” Tuttle said. “The cost of an election now is just really outrageous and I’m thankful to be unopposed.”

In addition, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, 207th District Court Judge Jack Robison and 274th District Court Judge Gary L. Steel are unopposed both in the Republican primary and the general election.

All five justices of the peace up for election this year are also unopposed, including Democrats Margie Hernandez (Precinct 1, place 2), Beth Smith (Precinct 2) and Scott Cary (Precinct 5) and Republicans Andrew Cable (Precinct 3) and Terry Kyle (Precinct 4).

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